CARP Advocacy Report

KEY FINDINGS: CARP members applaud the organization most for focusing on pensions and home care, as well end-of-life care, drug coverage and long term care. They overwhelmingly say CARP’s focus is important for all issues. CARP has had the most impact on elder abuse and OAS, both core CARP priorities.

Pension security and home care top the list of CARP advocacy issues important to members, followed by end-of-life issues, pharmacare (or a national drug plan for all) and long term care.

Older workers, OAS and investor protection are issues which are seen to be less than critically important now.

Elder abuse and OAS are the issues most see CARP having had great impact on, followed by pension security, home care and pharmacare. Long term care and end-of-life are growing in impact for CARP, and CARP’s “One Patient” concept, LTC and investor protection are seen as issues where more CARP attention is needed.

Areas where CARP is seen to have had less impact include the “One Patient” comprehensive care concept, investor protection, older workers, advanced directives and end-of-life. OAS, older workers and investor protection are issues which some see to be intractable.

When CARP members are asked what more can be done on specific advocacy files, the answer is most frequently “awareness building”, followed by “more government funding”.

The Conservatives have gained slightly in the CARP Poll™, while the Liberals and NDP are lock up in a second place tie.

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